By Ndungu Gachane
Over fifty teenagers from Kigumo Sub-County in Muranga County have received sanitary towels and personal items from Save the Teenage Girl Initiative in bid to protect them from predators who lure them with peanuts to buy towels in exchange of sex.
The initiative founded by Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture Technology (Jkuat) student Peris Wangari Maina also partnered with the Catholic Diocese of Muranga and local administrators to create awareness on sex education to the teens who will then impact knowledge to other teenagers to protect them from early pregnancies.
Ms Wangari led a delegation on Wednesday at Kangari market who spent the better part of the day taking through the enthusiastic teens on how to stay safe during the Covid-19 pandemic a period where teens have been lured to sex a situation that is likely to disrupt their education.
She said she begun the initiative to protect them saying it is better to prevent them from being entangled in illicit sex than to holding sessions with pregnant teens.
“I want to ensure that the young teens know more about sex education and dangers that comes along with engaging in sex, we informed them that they are not worth a packet of pads and encouraged them to face life in a bigger picture,” she said.
While noting that men have taken advantage of younger teens who lack sanitary towels luring them to give them money in exchange of sex, Ms Maina called on institutions to be donating the items to teens.
On his part, Dr Joseph Kariuki a lecturer at Jkuat who played a central role in actualizing Ms Maina’s dream said the initiative created the missing link between the role of university to the society saying the program will save the community from social vices.
He lauded the initiative saying it also created a platform where both the academic staff and the students collaborate to create awareness to the teens.
“This is a wonderful initiative that will save community and our future hope whose life is st the verge of being ruined by merciless predators,” Dr Kariuki noted.
He called on a multi sectoral approach by government and non governmental institutions to help the teenagers.